URIAH HEEP – Outsider

uriah-heep-outsiderFor most people Uriah Heep are a band consigned to the seventies  with their some of their earliest albums ‘Very ’Eavy, Very ’Umble’, ‘Demons & Wizards’ and ‘The Magicians Birthday’ their best known.  Those same people probably still regard the band as a poor man’s Deep Purple and are blissfully unaware that the band’s twenty third studio  release – 2011’s ‘Into The Wild’, their first for Frontiers Records – is among their absolute best.  Although the straight forward hard rock on display owed more to the band’s output from the early 80s and beyond than the flowery fantasies and psudo-prog of their 70s heyday, the whole album showcased a class act – a band still more than  capable of delivering the goods in the classic rock vein and in some cases really outshining their peers.  Since that last album, the world also lost bassist Trevor Bolder.  With that in mind, 2014’s ‘Outsider’ had much to live up to and need to work incredibly hard to match the great impression left by its immediate predecessor.

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URIAH HEEP – Firefly

1304460884_1304449466_firefly_front1When David Byron left Uriah Heep in 1976, the band’s fans figured he’d be irreplaceable.  His dynamic vocal range was an important part of the Heep sound, after all.  The band found a replacement in ex-Lucifer’s Friend vocalist John Lawton and to everyone’s surprise, the resulting album – 1977’s ‘Firefly’ – was not only enjoyable, but a big improvement over the workmanlike approach which dominated most of 1976’s ‘High & Mighty’.  This was an achievement considering the band had lost a key member, but pretty amazing since they also had a new bass player in tow.  ‘Firefly’ also marks the first appearance in Uriah Heep for Trevor Bolder (best known for his work as bassist with David Bowie’s Spiders From Mars).

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